Sunday, March 13, 2011


I usually do all that I can to keep the content on this blog my own but I really feel strongly about passing on this beautifully expressed post about the aftermath of the tsunami that was written by the prolific Dominique Browning on her wonderful blog Slow Love Life:

I spoke to my Mom this evening and we both had similar concerns as to the state of affairs in the world and wondering, as drastic as this may sound, if the end was sooner than we think. Our Earth seems to be so strained, so overburdened. How hard it is to be so far away from her and my sister with such thoughts racing though my head, despite my overwhelming love for Remi and the life that we have created here. I imagine that all expats have these feelings from time to time. 

I have been to the Ring of Fire, the area of unstable tectonic plates on which Japan is also situated. Remi and I were fortunate enough to do a story on the tiny island of Vanuatu, of which I will share more another time because it was so fascinating on several levels. One of the most incredible evenings was spent on the crater of Mount Yasur. It is the world's most accessible active volcano and we both stared down deep into the inner churning of the earth until our guide had to lead us away. We all tend to forget that an unending push and pull is just below the surface of where we live and breathe until such a tragedy reminds us of otherwise. I think if more people had seen such power first hand, they would treat our planet with more respect, but enough of that. Tonight I am just wishing that the tide of fear, of terror, will pull away from Japan to let its people grieve and recover as they can.


  1. Beautifully said, Heather! And I'm always amazed at the wonderful adventures you've experienced! Will there be a book? There should be a book. Just sayin' :)

  2. I'm also a fan of Dominique's. This is all so frightening these forces of nature and I understand how hard it must be for you - torn between those you love. I think all of our thoughts are with the people of Japan as they try to recover from this tragic disaster.

  3. I second the book request. :)

    Very well put, Heather. There may be miles between you and your mom and sis, but they always seem to be in sync with your heart. How wonderful!

  4. It's been hard to do much with what is going on in Japan right now. I agree that something definitely seems to have gone awry in the world. It's hard to fathom something so devastating. Thanks for the link - I am going to check it out now.

  5. Thanks for the comments everyone. Lets all keep sending good thoughts. I am so scared about what might happen next.

  6. Heather-wonderful post. Even though you are far from your Mom-you are close in your connection to her. Miles cannot change that. I also have thought that maybe all the terrible things going on signal the end of the world as we know it. Every time I hear of another place you and Remi have been-I get a little jealous. And yes, you need to write a book.


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